With roots dating back to 1839 and linked with the University of Liverpool for almost 100 years, the University of Chester offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree study to around 14,000 students. Chester has excellent teaching, study and recreational facilities, including a modern library, ample open access computer facilities, and a range of sports and fitness opportunities.


ISEP students will usually be accommodated in Church College Close - university-owned houses with single rooms and shared bathroom and cooking facilities.


ISEP Exchange students will receive a meal stipend every monthly based on the cost of living for students in Chester, which they can use to purchase groceries and cook meals in shared facilities.

ISEP Direct students do not receive meal benefits included in the program fee, and will be expected to use their own funds for meals.

All ISEP students will be expected to budget for their meals accordingly, and can ask their ISEP Student Services Coordinator for tips, as well as check out ISEP's resources for Budgeting for Study Abroad

Program Website

Course Description

The University of Chester runs all of its undergraduate courses/modules via a full year delivery system, therefore it is recommended to apply for full year programs. 

Chester offers a bespoke level five module worth 10 ECTs/4 credit hours: ML5108, “Intercultural Experiential Learning”. Along with this module/course the student will the take an additional four courses/modules totaling 20 ECTS in subjects of their choice. We offer a wide breadth of subjects you can study, so with that in mind it is essential that you mark key courses on your course request list along with this compulsory* module. This will facilitate your getting the best out of your exchange.

The foundation principles of the ML5108 are pedagogically based on aspects of Identity Psychology, Intercultural competence, History, Development, Politics  and International Relations . The principal purpose of this module is to encourage the student to reflect upon their personal experiences as a study abroad student and how these experiences impact the student’s perceptions of identity, culture and history. The course  will nurture a critical evaluation of the influence of relationships on the world stage and how diversity shapes society and the individual. This requires them to assess their own thoughts, actions and activities throughout their time at the University of Chester. In order to achieve this, the module will encompass: journaling for reflection; models of reflection and writing for reflection.  The module will also examine: experiential learning models; skills required for self-directed experiential learning; the psychology of culture shock; self-identity and intercultural awareness; cross-cultural issues and sensitivity.  The course help the student to focus upon their traveling experiences and turn them into constructive learning experiences. With this in mind there are  a number of  facilitated field trips and of course independent adventures, that the student can review systematically.

*students are opted in for ML5108 but may discuss dropping the module with exceptional circumstances.

You can obtain an idea of study possibilities by going to the study abroad course options

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Amanda Ewert 703-504-9986 | Thank you for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I’ll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


(in English)

Fields of Study

  • Biology

  • Business:

    Accounting Economics Finance International Business/Trade/Commerce Marketing

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • Education

  • Engineering

  • English Language and Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

  • History

  • Hospitality and Tourism

  • Language and Culture

  • Law/Criminal Justice

  • Mathematics

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies Recommended!

  • Physical Sciences

  • Psychology Recommended!

  • Social Sciences

  • Sports Studies Recommended!

  • Visual and Performing Arts

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 79
  • TOEFL Writing Score: 17
  • TOEFL Reading Score: 18
  • TOEFL Listening Score: 17
  • TOEFL Speaking Score: 20
  • IELTS Score: 6
  • IELTS Writing Score: 5.5
  • IELTS Reading Score: 5.5
  • IELTS Listening Score: 5.5
  • IELTS Speaking Score: 5.5

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

TOEFL is not accepted for full year students. IELTS scores are required to study at Chester for the full year per immigration requirements. The University of Chester also accepts the following test scores:

-Cambridge B2: First Grade B

-Cambridge C1 Advanced: Any grade

-Cambridge C2 Proficiency: Any grade

Students are required to take the mandatory ML5108 “Intercultural Experiential Learning” module. 

Although you will be able to choose from most modules running, please still choose alternatives as not all modules work together and some departments have caps on student numbers. This is particularly important as our modules are set up to work within the British system of a very subject focused degree throughout. So if you cross subject areas your classes may clash, so you will need to select back up modules. We will endeavour to help you create the best course for your time abroad. 

- **Students are responsible for staying until the end of the semester and may not leave before the final date of their semester exams. Neither ISEP nor Chester can guarantee an early departure; leaving early may result in a failing exam grade and/or forfeit of credit.

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible.

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

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